Undershirt to keep tabs on health
A wearable device attached to a special undershirt. Data, including angle of posture, can be graphically checked on a smartphone app. (Tsukasa Fuke)
Underwear will soon be advising wearers on how to take care of their bodies.
Singaporean start-up to sell budget smartphones 'designed in Japan'
The Aratas smartphones will be sold in 14 countries and regions around the world. The low-cost devices were designed in Japan. The photo was taken in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on Jan. 18. (Mari Fujisaki)
A new line of Japanese-designed budget smartphones from Singaporean start-up Gooute Pte. Ltd. will hit the global market this spring costing as little as $80 (9,000 yen).
Softbank to offer monthly smartphone plan under ¥5,000
Softbank Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Softbank Corp., complying with government instructions, will become Japan’s first major cellphone service provider to offer a monthly smartphone plan under 5,000 yen ($42),...
KDDI offers world’s 1st smartphone that doesn't mind soap and...
KDDI Corp.'s washable Digno Rafre smartphone (Takao Shinkai)
For those who can't put their smartphones down even in the bathroom or at the dinner table, a new model will soon hit the market that can be cleaned with soap and water.
Free solar smartphone charging station starts juicing at foot of...
A free solar power-based charging station for smartphones and other portable devices is set up at Tokyo Tower on Oct. 7. (Atsuko Kawaguchi)
In the shadow of 333-meter Tokyo Tower, Japan's first solar power-based charging station for smartphones and other mobile devices is now an electrical lifeline for...
Sources: Hon Hai seeks Apple help to buy Sharp's LCD business
Sharp Corp. produces LCD screens in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. of Taiwan is considering collaborating with Apple Inc. to buy Sharp Corp.’s struggling liquid crystal display (LCD) business, once the...
Sony smartphone to feature 4K display, fastest autofocus
Sony Corp.'s new Xperia Z5 Premium features a 4K-resolution display. (Provided by Sony Corp.)
Sony Corp. in autumn will release the world’s first smartphone featuring a 4K-resolution display and a more powerful camera.
VOX POPULI: Far better to be a klutz than a rude multitasker
A cyclist checks her cellphone while pedaling. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japanese expression “bukiyo” (clumsy) has a negative connotation, but it can also be used to imply something positive. The latter usage came into prominence after the...
Smartphone-based audio guide aimed at visually impaired
Chieko Asakawa, a fellow at IBM Japan Ltd., tests a voice guidance system developed with Shimizu Corp. for visually impaired people. (Yuji Shimoyama)
Shimizu Corp. and IBM Japan Ltd. jointly developed a smartphone app to help visually impaired people navigate stairs, corridors, doors and other obstacles in buildings and...
Smartphone map apps will help wheelchairs roll smoothly to Tokyo...
The Asahi Shimbun
In time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, free apps will help wheelchair users find optimal routes when moving between airports and competition venues.
Smartphone scanner to show product info in English
Some of Seven-Eleven Japan convenience stores provide product information in 15 languages through the use of QR codes on store shelves. (Provided by Seven & i Holdings Co.)
In a bid to get foreign tourists to spend more, the economy ministry is developing a smartphone scanning system that provides product information in English and other languages.
Weather service offered online to get climbers to register routes...
The Japan Mountain Guides Association's website, "Yama to Shizen Network Compass" (Provided by the Japan Mountain Guides Association)
As a disaster-preparedness step, the Japan Mountain Guides Association began providing real-time weather information on July 25 to encourage climbers to register their names...
Smartphone boom sparks online-video battle
The home screen of the dTV online-video streaming service, provided by NTT Docomo Inc. (Taken from a smartphone screen)
A “second boom” in Internet on-demand video-streaming services has everyone clamoring for a piece of the action.
Teijin's to market smartphone authentication beacon for use in...
Teijin Ltd. shows how its PaperBeacon can be used to pay a bill in a demonstration given in a simulated restaurant scenario in Tokyo on May 25. (Naoko Murai)
Teijin Ltd. said it will begin sales June 1 of the PaperBeacon, the world’s first surface-based authentication sheet that allows the sharing of information to specified users ...
Free manga apps rapidly expanding digital book readership
Manga Box smartphone app (Provided by DeNa Co.)
The number of users reading comic books via smartphone apps is rapidly increasing, playing a big part in the nation's digital book market.
University president: 'Quit smartphones or quit university'
Shinshu University President Kiyohito Yamasawa delivers a message at the university’s entrance ceremony on April 4 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. (Hidehito Matsumoto)
A university president has dialed up an Internet storm by telling students smartphones are making them dumb, and they should ditch them or get out of his university.
China shaking pirate image, becoming 'intellectual property...
Beijing in November 2014 set up this court exclusively for lawsuits concerning intellectual property rights. (Tokuhiko Saito)
BEIJING--Once considered the biggest international pirate of intellectual property rights and a leading market of fake products, China now tops the world in terms of patent...
Nintendo forms alliance with DeNA in turnaround on smartphone...
Satoru Iwata, right, and Isao Moriyasu, the respective presidents of Nintendo Co. and DeNA Co., at a news conference in Tokyo's Minato Ward on March 17 (Tomoya Fujita/ The Asahi Shimbun)
After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co. is doing an about-face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games ...
ANIME NEWS: 1st official 'One Piece' app makes waves in China
(c) Eiichiro Oda/ Shueisha
The first official "One Piece" game app was released in China in January for iPhones and Android-based smartphones.
Fujitsu develops iris authentication prototype smartphone
The schematic of a smartphone prototype equipped with an infrared camera and infrared LED (Provided by Fujitsu Ltd.)
Fujitsu Ltd. has developed technology that enables smartphone users to unlock their mobile devices by simply looking at them, the company said March 2.